While November is typically a time for families to gather and prepare for the holidays, for others, it carries another meaning. November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, an annual month-long recognition of those affected by Alzheimer’s, whether it is those living with the disease or their families, loved ones or care takers.
The Alzheimer’s Association is one of the leading resources for information about the disease. “Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s,” says Dawn Klehr of the Minnesota-North Dakota chapter, which serves this area. Although supporting research that leads to a cure is important, Klehr stresses that support for patients and families is also a top priority for the organization. The association provides a free 24/7 helpline that covers a range in topics from emotional support to crisis assistance and referrals. It also offers a variety of local support programs and volunteer opportunities.
- Someone in the U.S. develops the disease every 65 seconds.
- 5.8 million Americans (97,000 of whom are Minnesotans) live with Alzheimer’s. (The national figure could rise to 14 million by 2050.)
- Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
- 2,474 Minnesotans died from Alzheimer’s in 2017.
- This year, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $290 billion. (This could increase to $1.1 trillion by 2050.)
- 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
- Early diagnosis helps, but only 16 percent of seniors indicate that they receive regular cognitive assessments.
Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter
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